Completed: Julia Women’s Cardigan and Lady Skater T-shirt

Julia Women's CardiganNot one, but two finished garments today! For reasons of picture taking efficiency I’m modelling them together.

Julia Women's CardiganFirst, the Julia Women’s cardigan from Mouse House Creations. I bought this pattern ages ago but never got around to actually using it until this week. I could use a new cardigan or two this autumn since some of my older ones are getting a bit too worn and this pattern looked like it would be quick and easy.

Julia Women's cardiganThe PDF was fairly straightforward to assemble, I liked that the details that are different for the various sleeve lengths were indicated in colour. The sewing instructions were clear. I chose the variation with long sleeves and the doubled over collar. I made size M at the top and graded to size L at the bottom to ensure that it wouldn’t be too clingy around my hips.

Julia Women's CardiganThe fabrics are viscose knits from my stash. I didn’t have enough left of either colour to make the entire cardigan so decided to make the collar in a contrast colour. I quite like how it turned out and think it will get much wear this autumn and possibly winter as well.

Julia Women's CardiganThings I consider changing next time:

  • Slimming down the sleeves, I find them quite wide at the bottom.
  • There are some draglines in the sleeve at my front upper arm, I’d like to fix this.
  • I’m not entirely sure about the back length, a little bit longer might look better on my figure?

Lady Skater t-shirt

Second, another Lady Skater t-shirt, pattern based on the Lady Skater dress from Kitschy Coo. If you ever wondered what happened to the ridiculous drawstring-detail drape top after I applied my rotary cutter to it, this t-shirt happened. I could cut the back of the t-shirt from the top’s back, keeping the center back seam. The front of the t-shirt and one of the sleeves fit on the drapey front. The second sleeve couldn’t be cut from the drape top and while I did have more of the grey fabric left, I chose to make it pink. Pink is not one of my favourite colours but I like it in small doses. The neckband was cut from black ribbing left over from the Indigo sweater.

Lady Skater t-shirtI think this t-shirt is a lot more wearable than the drawstring top ever was.

Win!

Win!

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F2F: August blocks

In August it was Susan’s turn and her colour choices were white/blue, white/red or a combination of both. I opted for two white/blue and one white/red block. Finding blue fabrics in my stash is no problem, I love blue. However, I don’t use red very often as I find it can easily dominate over other colours in a quilt and as a result I don’t have a lot of reds in my stash.

For my first block I started by making flying geese units and sewed them into three strips with alternating light and dark blue triangles. The strips were pieced together to make a block and white fabric was added around it to create an off-set look.

August F2F block 1For my second block I pieced some light and dark blue fabrics into short strips and started playing on my design wall. This is the layout that I came up with and I added white fabric to fill in the gaps between the strips and the edges. It reminds me of a windmill. This is my favourite of the three.

August F2F block 2I was starting to run out of time, so for my last block I decided to do another log cabin as these are fairly quick to assemble. Instead of a wonky one I made a rectangular log cabin in a square, if that makes any sense? I think it is quite striking.

August F2F block 3

The blocks that were made by the other participants can be found on the F2F page, scroll down until you reach August.

Completed: Drape drape drawstring-detail drape top

Drape topThe day my brother took pictures of me wearing the Indigo sweater, he also took pictures of another top. I must have been in a quirky pattern shape phase the week I made both garments. This top is the drawstring-detail drape top (pattern no. 12) from drape drape, a Japanese pattern book by Hisako Sato. The top only has 2 pattern pieces, and I think these could even be turned into 1 piece since the center back seam is completely straight.

The pattern lay-out certainly looks interesting don't you think?

The pattern pieces certainly look interesting don’t you think?

The draping at the front is created by folding the fabric back up to create the front hemline. There is a tunnel right below the right shoulder through which I threaded a ribbon instead of a self-fabric drawstring.

150903_drape4While 10 out of 10 people present (including me) agreed the Indigo sweater is a good look for me, 10 out of 10 people agreed that this top is ridiculous.

drape top side view

Uhhh, no, I couldn’t be bothered to press this top before taking pictures…

The size range for the patterns in drape drape is very limited. My bust (88 cm) is in between the L and XL sizes, while my waist and hips are already out of the size range and I consider myself very average sized for a Dutch woman. For this top there is only one pattern for all sizes and it is huge, so I can only imagine what it would look like on someone who is size S (78 cm bust)…

Yes, it really is that large...

Yes, it really is that large…

One of the problems is that the hem appears to hit me right at the widest part of my hips, which is not a particularly flattering look. I also suspect that I should have used a much drapier knit instead of Laguna jersey.

drape topMy sisters suggested I could hide a full-term pregnancy in this top and they are probably right. One of them was even so helpful to suggest I gift this top to a pregnant friend to use as maternity wear.

Dear pregnant friends and family members: you needn’t worry. There is no way this monstrosity will ever be bestowed upon you.

no more drape